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Khalifa St. Fort Makes 2016 Debut With Born 2 Do It Track Club Teammates At Jimmy Carnes Todd Grasley Feb 5, 2016

IAAF World Youth silver medalist Khalifa St. Fort will make her 2016 track debut at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. St. Fort, who has committed to UCLA, will compete in the 55m dash and 200m dash and represent the Born 2 Do It track club headed up by Trinidad and Tobago and NBC analyst Ato Boldon. Boldon was gracious enough to interview Khalifa before the race at their home base in Miramar. See what St. Fort, who boasts a 100m personal best of 11.19 and 200m PR of 23.50, had to say about building off the success from 2015, and competing on an indoor track for the first time in her career.

New Year's Resolutions With Hoka One One's Nicole Tully Todd Grasley Feb 5, 2016

Nicole Tully became a breakout star for the U.S. in just her first season of focusing on the 5k. She hadn’t even run the event before Payton Jordan in May, and less than three months later she was the U.S. champion. In Beijing at the World Championships, Tully was the only American woman to make the final

The Grind: Jimmy Carnes Workout Week Todd Grasley Feb 4, 2016

Saturday the best athletes and teams from around Florida will head to Gainesville, for the 9th and final Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. For many, this is their first indoor meet and the beginning of their road in the 2016 season. See what the Cocoa Tigers (E.O.T.O.), Miami Gardens XPress boys, Khalifa St. Fort and her Born 2 Do it teammates, Alfreda Steele and her Pedagogy Track Club teammates, and the Northeast High School girls and boys are doing to gear up for this weekend's test.

National Signing Day News & Notes Todd Grasley Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day was in full force Wednesday with a bulk of the athletes coming from the gridiron. However, some track and field athletes, as well as two-sport stars signed their letters of intent today. Do you have a signing picture or photo of your recent commitment you want to share with us? Send an email to and we will add you to our list!

Lake Howell's Figueroa Finds Perfect Fit At FGCU Todd Grasley Feb 3, 2016

Lake Howell senior Jan Figueroa capped off his high school cross country career placing 8th at the 4A Cross Country Finals. Heading into his final season on the track, Figueroa will have the pressures of recruiting taken off his shoulders. He recently announced he will spend his college career at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. We talked to Jan about his decision, the goals for 2016, the future, and much more.

Jimmy Carnes All-Time Bests: Girls Sprints/Hurdles - Shayla Sanders Sets Standard Todd Grasley Feb 3, 2016

Looking over the names on this list should excite any sprint fan. Current UF Gator Shayla Sanders set a Gator's school record just this past weekend in the 60m dash. Sanders posted two US#1 times as a senior at Boyd Anderson when she ran 6.85 in the 55m dash and 23.89 for 200 meters in 2012.Gator freshman Sharrika Barnett broke the 400m record in 2015 as a senior at Oak Ridge, while LSU sophomore Daeshon Gordon holds the record in the 55mH as a Boyd Anderson Cobra. Check out the all-time bests in the sprint/hurdle events at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet.

Jimmy Carnes All-Time Bests: Boys Sprints/Hurdles - Nothing Better Than Bracy's National Record Todd Grasley Feb 3, 2016

I've seen numerous great races in my time covering high school track in Florida, but Marvin Bracy's 6.08s 55m dash at the 2012 Jimmy Carnes was perhaps one of my favorites. Bracy, who now runs for Adidas anticipated the start perfectly and scorched a star studded field with names like Kendal Williams, James Clark, Ceo Ways, and more on his to way a high school national record that still stands today! Take a look back at the top sprint/hurdle performances in meet history. 

Jimmy Carnes All-Time Bests: Girls Distance Events: Edwards Top Ten In All Three Todd Grasley Feb 2, 2016

Former Fort Myers standout Emily Edwards had hopes of breaking Stephanie Strasser's one mile record (5:04.16) set at Jimmy Carnes in 2010, but fell just short with her 5:04.98. Edwards who is now at the University of Alabama ranks third in the 800m and eighth on the all-time list in the 3000m as well. See the top all-time marks in the girls distance events set at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet.

Alumni Report: Zarrella Sets Southern Miss School Record In Mile Todd Grasley Feb 2, 2016

Lakewood Ranch alumni Kristin Zarrella poses with coach Aaron Kindt after setting a huge personal best of 4:49 in the mile and setting a new Southern Miss school record. Speaking of school records UF's Shayla Sanders set a new Gator best in the 60m dash this weekend as well! See how the rest of our former Florida standouts fared in collegiate action around the country for the week of January 25 - January 31, 2016.

Jimmy Carnes All-Time Bests: Girls Field Events Todd Grasley Feb 1, 2016

Former Tampa Catholic standout Nicole Carroll became a member of the exclusive 13'0 pole vault club at the 2015 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet and setting a new meet record in the process. Check out the all-time meet records in the girls field events. 

Head Of Class Senior Girls Rankings: Steele Triple Threat In 100,200 & LJ Todd Grasley Jan 30, 2016

Pasco's Alfreda Steele is the defending 2A state champion in the 100m dash and long jump and 200m runner up. The triple threat trails only Khalifa St. Fort as the top senior in the state in those events. St. Fort who was the IAAF World Youth runner up in the 100m, will not compete for her high school St. Thomas Aquinas and focus on training for international competition under T&T Olympian Ato Boldon. We take a look at the top 50 girls in the class of 2016. Where do you stack up against your peers?

Northwestern's Thomas Burns Dedicates 2016 Season To Late Mother Dana Smith Todd Grasley Jan 29, 2016

Dana Smith was more than a mother for Thomas Burns. She was his biggest fan. You couldn't miss the 44 year old mother of three at a track meet. Whether it was older brother Artie, or Thomas, the proud mother was in the stands with pom poms, shirts adorned with their pictures, and screaming in support. In October, Smith, a former track star at Miami Northwestern, just like her boys, unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack overnight. Thomas says his mom was a huge part of his life.